AKRON (Sept. 14)—The International Tire Exhibition and Conference is changing to an annual format and adding sites in Asia and Europe to the rotation. ITEC, sponsored by Rubber & Plastics News, has been held biennially in Akron since 1994, but the first event outside the U.S. will take place Sept. 18-20, 2001, at the Coex conference hall in Pusan, South Korea. ITEC will return to Akron in 2002 and then move in 2003 to a European site yet to be determined. The pattern will then repeat itself, with ITEC being held in Akron in even years and alternating between Asia and Europe in odd years. The ITEC Asia and ITEC Europe events will be organized by Rubber & Plastics News in conjunction with European Rubber Journal and Crain Communications Ltd.